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and terrorism. this is a statement. i'll read it to you, congressman. president obama is advocating his responsibility as commander in chief and undermining the authority of future presidents. the president does not need congress to authorize a strike on syria. if assad's use of chemical weapons against civilians deserves a military response, and i believe it does, and if the president is seeking congressional approval, then he should call congress back into special session at the earliest date. the president doesn't need 535 members of congress to enforce his own red line. you totally disagree with peter king. tell our viewers quickly, because we're out of time, congressman rangel, why he's wrong and you're right. >> peter king i thought was on the right track when he said the president should call back the congress. but this whole idea that he doesn't need 535 -- at least i hope he's saying we need the majority. to an extent of what his belief is, it's 135th of the united states congress. so i respect him or anybody else who believes the president is authorized to attack another count
. let's bring you up to speed. it's the option that many did not see coming. president obama telling the world that a military strike on syria will not happen unless congress gives its s approval >> after careful deliberation i have decided that the united states should take military action against syrian regime targets. this would not be an open-ended intervention. we would not put boots on the ground. instead, our action would be designed to be limited in duration and scope. that's why i've made a second decision, i will seek authorization for the use of force from the american peoples representatives in congress. for the last several days we've heard from members of congress who want their voices to be heard. i absolutely agree. >> and for the last several minutes we've been hearing more from members of congress, senators john mccain and lindsey graham, republicans released a joint statement saying while they do believe that syria's president bashar al-assad does need to be punished, they, quote, can not in good conscience support isolated military strikes in syria that are not
missiles. >> obama orders a report justifying a strike as assad tell s america, you will fail. >>> also, yosemite tinderbox. firefighters replace tourists as thousands race to save an american treasure. >> oh, my god. >> this morning, condition critical. new concerns for the largest trees on earth, california's beautiful sequoias. have they met their match? >>> plus, extreme heat shutting down schools in the midwest. temperatures soaring well above 100. >> it's just really hot, and it's just hard because we're sweating and stuff like that. >> classes cancelled, practice postponed. relief not coming at least until the weekend. you're live in the "cnn newsroom." >>> good morning, thank you so much for being with me. i'm carol costello. we begin in syria and late developments on the possibility of u.s. military strikes. just minutes ago, we learned that defense secretary chuck hagel told the bbc the united states is ready to go if president obama orders an attack on syria. and that's not the only new development. within the last hour, we've learned of a u.s. intelligence report that's abou
the world to our special coverage this hour of the crisis in syria. president obama's about to make a major statement when it comes to syria. we expect him to be in the white house rose garden. there you see live picture frs the rose garden in about 15 minutes or so. we're told the statement will not necessarily suggest an imminent u.s. military strike, but rather an update about his decisions on how to proceed in syria. he's been meeting all morning with his top national security advisers at the white house. all this came earlier in the day, the signals were clearly there, even yesterday, officials started arriving at the white house today to go in the situation room, including the vice president, the secretary of defense, chuck hagel, the secretary of state, john kerry. the national security adviser to the president. the top military commanders as well. they've been meeting in the white house. there you see general martin dempsey. the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. there's a tense calm that has fallen across syria as a possible u.s. military strike looms. bill neily has been in th
obama to defend his red line on chemical weapons which rebels claim killed more than a thousands people in syria. >> we cannot sit still. >> reporter: syrian forces shelled so much it corrupted any evidence the u.n. might find this week. a u.s. official tells cnn behind the scenes multiple international sources have collected evidence from that site. the official says the sources took tissue samples and other evidence shortly after the attack. it was being analyzed in secure locations. that's why the white house tone changed so quickly from friday's get the inspectors in to sunday's it's too late to be credible. it's why an administration official sounded so confident in saying there's little doubt at this point that a chemical weapon was used by the syrian regime against civilians. the president's newly updated options include cruise missiles launched from one of four navy destroyers or jets firing from outside syrian air space. >> we're prepared to exercise whatever option, if he decides to employ one of those options. >> chris lawrence joins us from the pentagon. tell us some of the
. is it fair to say that president obama is not going to recall congress to seek some type of similar measure before proceeding? >> first of all, i don't want to engage in speculation about a course of action that's not been decided upon. when the president has an announcement to make, he'll make it. as this process is undertaken, we're consulting directly with house and senate leaders in congress. we're consulting with the leadership of relevant committees and other members who have a keen interest in this manner. i think you've seen that documents by some members who have spoken to it. that process will continue. we think it's important that the consultation process take place in a matter like this at such gravity. we're also as we have made clear engaging with our international partners as a substantial list of communications that the secretary of state has had and the president has had consultations with canadian prime minister harper today and in recent days with british prime minister. i would anticipate the president will continue to make calls to his counterparts throughout the week.
. let me emphasize president obama, we in the united states, we believe in the united nations. we have great respect for the brave inspectors who endure regime, gunfire and strouxs to their investigation. as the secretary general has said again and again, the u.n. investigation will not affirm who used these chemical weapons. that's not the mandate for the u.n. investigation. they will only affirm whether such weapons were used. by the definition of their own mandate, the u.n. can't tell us anything we haven't shared with you this afternoon or that we don't already flknow. because of the guaranteed russian obstructionism, the u.n. cannot galvanize the world to act as it should. let me be clear. we'll continue talking to the congress, talking to our allies and most importantly talking to the american people. president obama will ensure that the united states of america makes our own decisions on our own time lines based on our own values and our interests. we know that after a decade of conflict the american people are tired of war. believe me, i am too. fatigue does not absolve us of o
. bye. "newsroom" starts now. >>> happening now in "newsroom" abandoning obama and the solo strike. >> for the president to act without authorization. >> a coalition crumbles and allies ditch america. >> the president is going to have to make his case. >> i do believe we have to do something. >> will the u.s. go it alone? >>> also, od'ing on tylenol? 80,000 americans sent to the e.r. each year. ahead what the company is doing about it. >>> plus, settled. >> i think it's a good day for thousands of football players who are dealing with different afflictions. >> 700 million plus dollars. compensation for concussions. >> they're almost certainly going to be able to eliminate any future lawsuit. >>> and you can have your pot and smoke it, too. the feds will now let states decide on pot. >> i love seattle, washington, rocks. >> colorado, washington. >> they call it wake and bake. some wake up every morning. ♪ light up. you're live in the cnn "newsroom." >>> more on the doj pot decision a little later. good morning to you, i'm carol costello. first up, syria. president obama reaches ou
day. >> you, too. >> thanks so much. >>> here is what we've got this hour. president obama weighing a critical decision today, what to do in syria. and a briefing is expected at the united nations today after inspectors gathered evidence to determine if there was a chemical weapons attack. we have reporters in new york, washington, and, of course, around the world. >>> and investigators are digging into a dark path at an old reform school in florida. they're exhuming unmarked graves, and we'll have more on the disturbing story straight ahead. >>> and three weeks after 16-year-old hannah anderson was rescued, she appears to be recovering from her terrible ordeal, but there are still so many questions. we hear from a family member who wants to know why this happened. >>> united nations inspectors have left syria with bags of evidence and stories from witnesses about a deadly chemical weapon attack. as the world waits to hear what they found, the united nations appears to be getting ready -- rather, the united states appears to be getting ready for a strike. u.s. secretary of state joh
mall to commemorate that day and the words that inspired a nation. president obama will speak along with former presidents bill clinton and jimmy carter, and in just about an hour, oprah winfrey set to take the stage as well. we'll also hear from the king family, including martin luther king iii and the reverend bernice king. civil rights leader and former u.n. ambassador andrew young spoke to the crowd earlier today and then broke into song. ♪ i woke up this morning come on, help me. >> a pretty festive atmosphere out there. joining me, donna brazile, and also joined by van jones, two good friends of mine here. you know, we just saw andrew young, we talked to him just the other day. i didn't realize he was such a beautiful singer, donna. give us a sense of what this is like to be there. >> well, this is a historic occasion. this is a reminder of not just a journey that we traveled over the last 50 years, but it's also a call to action to continue to fight for those issues and those concerns that dr. king laid before us 50 years ago. the march for jobs, the march to raise the mini
hagel told the bbc that the u.s. is ready to go. if president obama orders an attack on syria. >> well, as i said, and i think prime minister cameron has said, i think president oulan, our allies, partners, leaders all over the world have said, let's get the facts, let's get the intelligence and then a decision will be made on whether action should be taken, if action should be taken, what action on no action. >> but if they were to come, you're ready to go? >> we're ready to go like that. >> much of the speculation over syria's use of chemical weapons as secretary of state john kerry took the podium at the state department. kerry said he has little doubt that the man he himself sat down with for a meeting in 2009 is responsible for the, quote, indiscriminate slaughter of civilians. >> what we saw in syria last week should shock the conscience of the world. it defies any code of morality. let me be clear, the indiscriminate slaughter of children, killing of women and children, and killing by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. by any standard it is inexcusable and despite the excuse
this attack. and also it underscores the need for the obama administration to bring some hard evidence forward because with the memory of the lead up to the war in iraq still fresh in a lot of americans minds, simply saying, trust us, he did it, will not be enough. >> i think you're right on that count. chris lawrence reporting live from the pentagon this morning. >>> syria is vowing to retaliate for any military attack and this morning some prosyrian activists say they're behind the cyberattack on an iconic american newspaper. since mid-afternoon yesterday hackers managed to cripple the "new york times" website. the syrian electronic army is apparently taking credit, as it has in past attacks on the websites of cnn and other organizations. christine romans joins us now from new york with more on that. good morning, christine. >> good morning, carol. the "new york times" website was taken down by a malicious attack for hours. here's what it looked like. a group called the syrian electronic army taking credit. a pro-assad group that often targets u.s. media and also claimed to hit twitter. "tim
's capital. up first, in just moments, history in the making over at the white house. president obama kbeti inggettino award an army staff sergeant just 33 years old with the nation's highest military recognition, the medal of honor. staff sergeant ty carter will be the fifth living resip sip yent to get the honor for actions in iraq or afghanistan. you're about to hear his chilling story of courage and heroism during a fire fight with militants in afghanistan. we'll take you there live. >>> first, any minute now, the secretary of state john kerry will be making a statement on syria. all over this. the alleged use of chemical weapons, nerve gas, used on civilians, women and children. it's the latest in a string of alleged chemical weapons attacks across syria. right now u.n. weapons inspectors, they are inside syria. they are testing soil. earlier today they were fired upon by snipers as they tried to collect samples. for the first time the u.s. now says it has little doubt the assad regime has done the unthinkable. fred pleitgen is standing by in damascus. from the state department, elyse
. members of congress, even natural allies of president obama have been demanding coordination. tonight 6:00 p.m. this evening secretaries of state and defense and others will hold a conference call with president obama and other key committee heads to discuss the nation's posture on syria. what's interesting is that lawmakers are not here. they are still back in their states, in their districts on congressional recess. since they're all over the country, some will be on their cell phones. it is not going to be a secure line. meaning it can't be classified. it's going to be an unclassified conversation. one source who's going to be on the call who i talked to kind of rolled his eyes and said this means there's only so much they can really tell us about their plans. as you said, look, there's a big debate about whether the president needs congress's authorization legally. but politically, there's certainly a feeling among lawmakers in both parties that he's taking congress for granted. and it just would be in his best interest to get more members of congress on board. because they are incl
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. it's from a cnn exclusive interview with president obama. >> and if the u.s. goes in and attacks another country without a u.n. mandate and without clear evidence that can be presented, then there are questions in terms of whether international law supports it. do we have the coalition to make it work? and those are considerations that we have to take into account. >> do you believe you've seen enough? >> well, this latest event is something that we've got to take a look at. but keep in mind also, chris, because i know the american people keep this in mind, we've still got a war going on in afghanistan. >> preoccupied with the war in afghanistan. it really seems like he's sort of cautioning against the u.s. getting involved here. what do you make of his reasoning, ivan? >> reporter: well, it's very clear that the obama administration has been very reluctant to get involved in the syrian conflict which has been going on for more than two years, which has led to the deaths of more than 100,000 people and at least close to 2 million refugees have fled to neighboring countries. today
. >>> happening now in "newsroom" crisis in syria. president obama steadfast. >> the syrian government, in fact, carried these out. there needs to be international consequences. >> as the drums of war grow louder meeting criticism. >> i don't want to see boots on the ground or us mired in a conflict. >> ahead a former weapons inspector joins us. >>> also, fast food fiasco. >> my name is pamela powell i make $9 an hour. >> pay in priorities. a nationwide strike happening now. >>> plus, made in america -- >> this car is amazing. >> the best story of the day. the ford fusion now completely made in detroit. >> out with the old, in with the ford. >>> you're live in the cnn "newsroom." >>> and we're happy for detroit. we'll talk about that in a minute. good morning, i'm carol costello. we begin in syria, washington and its allies are facing growing concerns at home and abroad. so, today, the focus shifts to building a consensus. here's the latest. president obama is reportedly bending to the demands of lawmakers and will consult with congress. senator john cornyn will hold a conference call today to
weapons attack which president obama blames squarely on the syrian government? jill dougherty is standing by at the white house and, jill, i want to ask you a couple questions here. first of all, we heard from the president. he says no doubt the assad regime used chemical weapons on its own people here. he will be briefing members of congress later in the evening. what do we expect to hear from the president today? >> well, we may not hear anything specifically publicly. this, they have presented at least they have this intelligence estimate, this i should say intelligence report that musters whatever evidence they have that the regime as they would argue did use chemical weapons. they're presenting that to the members of congress. this would be presumably a classified report, and then it is unclassified for the public, and we have been promised that will come out this week. so today is thursday. one more day after this. then they have to decide what to do. suzanne, that's where it gets more complicated because every minute they have to be -- if there is to be a military response, they ha
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